Archive for February, 2013


Full Moon in Virgo

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February 25, 2013   12:26 PM PDT

Certain persons can feel the pull between the Sun and the Moon during its 3 night full moon phase (18 hours prior to its peak and 18 hours after..for approximately a total of 36 hours.  Note: 18 is the Moon Card in the Major Arcana of the Tarot). The gravitational effects of the moon on the tides is evident on a daily basis. The pull is stronger during the days surrounding the New and Full Moons which can contribute to earthquakes with a higher magnitude as has been the case with Haiti  on January 12, 2010 two days prior to the New Moon, Chile on February 27, 2010 during a full moon, Japan on December 21, 2010  during a full moon, and then the devistating earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan on March 11, 2011 occurring between the new and full moon (although many scientists would label me a lunatic for even suggesting this). There were quakes in Japan a few days closer to the new moon but it seems that something significant was going to happen with so many planets in the Sign of Pisces (Dreams, Arts/Music, Letting Go, Peace)  which is associated with Neptune in Astrology.  I spoke about the Ancient God of the Sea in my New Moon in Pisces post on February 21, 2012. In his myth Poseidon would stir up the seas with his trident or thrust it upon the ground causing earthquakes and tsunamis. The rift in japan has caused it to shift geologically and consciously. Neptune in our charts can cause little earthquakes in our personal foundation and a tidal wave of emotion when we breakthrough an illusion. Certainly, the vast images captured in Japan illustrate the magnitude of devastation and has shaken many of us around the world.  Since the moon affects the ocean tides it can certainly have an affect upon bodily fluids and the brain’s Cranial Sea.  In fact, the word lunatic is derived from the Latin word for moon which is Luna, because a lot of people would  become instinctive and act crazy and wild during this time of the month. There is much debate around this theory but I notice a lot more lunacy during this time. So the current Lunation Cycle began with a New Moon in Aquarius and now a Full Moon in Virgo.

This Full Moon in Virgo is not only reflecting the Sun’s light in Pisces (Sensitive, Dreamy, Intuitive, Delusional)but also the recent dark events that have come to light. Virgo is associated with the Winged Messenger Mercury (which is also in Pisces) who has certainly been spreading a great deal of news around the world. Modern Communication in all forms has brought our attention to something and diverted it from something else. Virgo wants to make sense out of the non-sense. Virgo is the Sign of Work, Health and Service and reflects the theme of this full moon. How can we be of service during a time of crisis? Especially when the tragedy is somewhere else? Many people will volunteer their work in every form of aid possible. Health and Service Workers of every field are deployed to where disaster hits. When all can donate energy in a variety of ways. There are many concerned about the recent tornadoes striking. Prayers and visualizations from around the globe are being sent to all affected by this catastrophic event. Now is the time to repair the damage and to heal the collective wound. 

As I mentioned, Virgo is health and service oriented and it is the Full Moon to focus upon our personal health issues and to commit ourselves to a healthier lifestyle. It can be a time to be mindful of the health of others, in particular the caregivers in our lives. A lot of Virgo energy is channeled through the many caregivers who are often overworked and unappreciated. Our Health Care System seems be inundated with problems and lacking the resources that we are in dire need of. That is why it is important to heed to the words:Physician Heal Thy Self. We need to explore ways in which we can heal ourselves in Body, Mind and Spirit. There are many healers in this world, but we are our best healer in the long run. I am grateful that there are those who can set broken bones, stitch wounds and save lives. However, I think about the saying: Broken bones mend faster than broken spirits. We need to integrate both Allopathic and Alternative Health Practices. It can be very frustrating when one side dismisses the benefits of the other. Without a healthy planet we cannot expect to be healthy ourselves. I have discovered than when I help to heal others I am also helping to heal myself.

Too much analysis can lead to paralysis

Being a Virgo, I completely concur with the above quote, because Virgo is the Sign of the Analyst.  Anyone with Virgo prominent in their birth chart can be a stickler to detail. Too much detail can derail us from our beingness. Virgo is associated with the stomach and intestines (how we digest our spiritual and emotional foods). It is the Sign of the Perfectionist, and it can be difficult to put away the voice of the Inner Critic that resides in us all. People born with the Moon in Virgo tend to be quite critical of their Self and Other. A Virgo Moon seems to be emotionally aloof because they need to know the facts of the matter before they can open the gate to their Secret Garden of emotion. By comparing, judging and needing to know why, we steer away from the center of our being. Of course we require these cognitive tools at times because Virgo wants to be of service, to work and is health focused. In fact, the Medical Health Care Profession uses the symbol of Mercury’s Winged Staff: Caduceus as their emblem. The two snakes intertwine like the double helix of DNA.

 The Sun, Mercury, Mars, Chiron and Neptune are a stellium of planets in Pisces opposing the Virgo full moon. Mercury is currently retrograde in Pisces until the end of March…so there may be unfinished tasks that resurface and unresolved issues that we may feel wishy washy about dealing with. People may tend to be more sensitive and intuitive but unable to communicate it clearly through Neptune’s haze which can lead to illusion and the path of addiction. Attachment to the past and letting go become tricky business. It is time to reorganize…rethink…replace…return…repeat…relive…reorganize…rethink…replace…return…repeat…resolve and to remember that like the planet Mercury appears to be moving backward…not everything appears as it otherwise normally would. So like Virgo…focus on the details and be careful not to overlook any important matters….and clean up any mess you have also left behind.

 So, the Moon is reflecting the Light of the Sun in Pisces. Sensitive, spiritual and dreamy Pisces. Both of the Signs Virgo and Pisces are very connected. Healing our Spirit is just as important as taking care of our body. It is here that the elements of Water (Pisces) and Earth (Virgo) can be integrated. Too much water will turn the earth into mud, while too much earth can absorb the water resulting in a dry and barren landscape within. Some of us need to be like the Virgo Hermit and go within to perfect itself through a higher ideal because something requires fixing. The Solar Pisces energy may inspire us to be more creative, musical, poetic, dreamy and mystical. Some of us need to get out of our mind and just let go. Those who are usually very hardworking will want to let loose and escape from all the overwhelming details of the Mundane world and dive deeply into the Sensual world. If you do need to escape, remember: Nothing In Excess. So avoid drinking like a fish even if you feel like a fish out of water.

Everyone is born with the Moon in a particular sign.  The Moon is how we feel and how we howl. It is our connection to our mothers and memories. When the moon transits or passes through a particular Sign and House it can affect each person differently. Virgo Moons tend to be motherly but need to be careful about being a martyr. There is thieving with some forms of giving.  If you were born while the Moon was in either Taurus or Capricorn (also earth signs) you may feel more practical, a need to be grounded or you will bury your feelings.  If you were born with the Moon in Scorpio (a water sign) you may feel less energetic and slow down enough to heed to your own mystery.  While the Natal Moon in a fire sign like Leo can feel less flamboyant as the Virgo Moon’s earth may put out the flames for a few days.  Virgo will bake you a humble pie and share it with you.

Whether or not you notice the energy of the Full Moon, may its affect upon you teach you more about your inner (spiritual) world and your place in the outer (secular) world. It is a great time to work with your hands in the intrinsic arts and crafts of our planet Earth. 

 

 (c) Richard Barrett 2013

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New Moon in Aquarius

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February 09, 2013

11:20 PM PST

Aquarian energy is all about revolution and resolution! It is the second New Moon since the Winter Solstice which means…it is the Chinese New Year of the Snake (changing…as it sheds its old skin).  We are also just passing the midpoint between Winter and Spring (Groundhog Day, Imbolc, Candlemas)…I can feel the season changing as the days grow longer…and feel the energy of the seeds about to break through their shell and germinate with the perpetual gift of life. If you actually take the time to feel the earth beneath your feet…you can almost sense the restless seeds that are breaking open, soon to emerge into the light of day and germinate with the gift of change. It all reminds me of the Persian Proverb: take the time to find a seed within your heart and bring forth a flower

This New Moon begins with the Sun (Motivation) and the Moon (Mood) in the Sign Aquarius…joined by Venus  (Love) which is also in Aquarius. This is the turn around moon…so take a good look at what is happening in our global community. The humanitarian aspect of Aquarius will also stir up rebellious energy to social and political injustices  If everything is a reflection like the sun’s light upon the moon…then perhaps we could look within and seek communion with our Higher Self…to make change where change begins. It is reconciling both the Masculine and Feminine Principles within each of us…bringing harmony with the yin and yang energy.

 

Aquarius is associated with the planet Uranus which was discovered in 1781 only a few decades after electricity was harnessed and began the flow of energy that would invent and power the light bulb (popping up over the heads of the new inventors, genuises and other scientists with innovating ideas) and charge such inventions as the battery, camera and hot air balloon. Uranus was also discovered between both the French and American Revolutions. So Aquarius came to be associated with freedom, revolution, rebellion, electricity, eccentricity, technology, the New Age and last (but not least) community and being humanitarian. Here we are, centuries later, shifting into the Age of Aquarius. 

Change is taking place at a more rapid pace, we spend our valuable energy on trying to change so many things at once but as the saying goes: the more things change, the more they remain the same. Even Shakespeare said: Striving to better, oft we mar what is well. So we expend our resources attempting to change the world around us. Even some people attempt to change others out of fear and ignorance. Our differences are our similarities. Change our attitude and we change our world.Nothing is constant but change. So as a human (both man/woman) we create and affect change everyday. We engage in change all the time. Therefore, if you want to make change anytime is a perfect opportunity.

We are witnessing change on every level in our world. Revolutions have been happening since the dawn of our existence. We are all a part of the global community. Commune means to come together to honour the Free Spirit within us all. Perhaps this is why a lot of Air Signs such as Aquarius are emotionally reserved taking the time to allow the waters of the unconscious to pour out of the urn of their conscious mind. Aquarius is the Water Bearer…nothing is as soft as water, but who can withstand the raging flood? (Lao-Tse). Some Aquarians can send a shocking bolt out of the blue because many of them are great thinkers with eccentric ideas. 

In Aquarius we transform energy from water into electricity…we allow our tears to flow out of the chalice of our hopes and fears…we begin to feel the shift of the new calendar year and strive to remain in gear with our resolution and intention that we make with ourselves and others.

So the cycle continues in the eternal ebb and flow of revolution and evolution. It is time for a recharge. Be a part of the solution. Be a Rebel with a Cause!

(c) Richard Barrett 2013

Tree of Life

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In a way…we are like the trees…we begin life as a seed that germinates in the womb of mother (earth)…we have a family tree where roots have been deeply growing for generations…like the trees we need to be grounded and connected to the earth…we require both the sun and rain to be nourished and nurtured…some of us grow bigger and taller than others…we reach up to the sky with our arms stretched out like branches…so we can protect and shelter one another…so we aspire higher and higher…sometimes we are overshadowed by other trees…some of us more sappy than others…some of us too rigid to weather the winds of change…and like the trees we change through the seasons…sometimes blooming…sometimes withering…and sometimes people can try to cut us down…so when you feel like you have lost all of your leaves…too bare and cold to encumber in winter’s dark, deep slumber…think of the trees that perservere…reminding us of the new life that awaits us in the warmth and rebirth of spring…so keep your head up and know that there are many more blossoms, leaves and branches for you to bear new fruit…so remain vigilant and strong as you heal and grow in this beautiful thing we call Life…

 

(c) Richard Barrett 2005